A man was killed in a crash in Catawba County. Wednesday (October 27) at approximately 7:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 127 near Dwayne Starnes Drive. A 1999 Mercedes Benz E300 was traveling north on 127, drove left of center, and collided with a southbound 2018 Hyundai Elantra.
The driver of the Mercedes, 55-year-old James Nelson Poovey Jr. of Hickory, passed away from his injuries at the scene. Mr. Poovey was not restrained by a seatbelt. Investigating troopers suspect alcohol impairment to be a contributing circumstance in the collision. The driver of the Hyundai received minor injuries.
The Mountain View Fire Department assisted with detouring traffic in the area as N.C. 127 was closed for approximately two hours during the on-scene investigation.